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Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

4 Days 1 Country 2 Cities

Discover the colourful coral and fish of the Great Barrier Reef on this Mini Stays trip.

"Our experience was first class"


About this trip

Discover the colourful coral and fish of the Great Barrier Reef, experience Aboriginal culture and explore ancient tropical rainforest.

Trip type: Mini-Stays

Trip code: CC11

3 Nights


0 Meals
On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Cairns (3 Nights)

On arrival at Cairns Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). The afternoon is free for you to explore this vibrant city.


2. Great Barrier Reef

Board a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a reef education presentation by a marine naturalist and view the spectacular coral and tropical fish from the underwater observatory and the semi-submersible craft. There is the opportunity to go snorkelling and view this natural living wonder up-close (equipment provided). Enjoy a delicious tropical buffet lunch. Return to Cairns early evening.

Buffet Breakfast

3. Tjapukai - Skyrail - Kuranda Scenic Railway

Visit the fascinating Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where the legends of the Dreamtime are brought to life. Discover this ancient culture through theatres, stage shows and demonstrations. Later, travel on the Skyrail Cableway that takes you high above the canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park. On arrival in Kuranda there is free time to explore the ‘village in the rainforest' and its many attractions, including the Heritage Markets. Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a historic journey travelling through some of the oldest rainforest in the world, passing the spectacular Stoney Creek Falls before arriving at Freshwater Station, where your coach awaits to return you to your hotel.

Buffet Breakfast

4. Depart Cairns

You will be transferred to Cairns Airport to connect with your onward flight (flights anytime).

Buffet Breakfast

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What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on mini-stays

    • All hotel charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • It's the right hotels
      With our Insider knowledge, we've handpicked quality hotels to complement this trip. Check the daily itinerary for hotel details and for reviews.

    • Hotel accommodation at Hilton Hotel Cairns

    • Airport transfers in Cairns

    • Four days including Great Barrier Reef (ex Cairns), Kuranda Railway and Skyrail and Aboriginal Culture

    • Buffet breakfast daily and lunch on Day 2

    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 6 Reviews

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    Monica Galli -supervisor in Anaheim took over our file and did a super job.We had a great holiday in Australia.Prior to that there were several issues in honoring Costco travel pricing.

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    The hotels and room could be bette

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    Service rating : Wonderful package, with the optimal mix of organized activities and self exploring times. The pick up at the airport could be organized better. For the returning trip. the waiting at the airport was too long, at 3 hours.Product : Great Advanture is a great company with friendly

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    The tour guide and driver were fabulous.

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    Service rating : We were impressed with the hotel and the itinerary.Product : We loved the tours that Trafalgar set up for us. Our only suggestion would be that we would have enjoyed 1 more day as an optional so we would have had time to enjoy a full day in Cairns on our own.

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